- At Bustle: Raziel Reid Calls Petition Against His Young Adult Novel's Award Homophobic, & It's Easy To See Why. "In an editorial for the National Post, Barbara Kay complains about Jude, his friends, their inappropriate language, the book’s “[a]nti-Christian images,” the lack of “moral growth,” and the fact that sex pervades “the bulk of the narrative.” She also comments sarcastically that “We aren’t in Green Gables anymore,” as though Green Gables — where everyone is white, straight, Christian, and reasonably well-off — really has all that much to offer modern teenagers." Shades of Cameron Post, anyone?
- At MPR: The Black Lives Matter reading list: Books to change the world. ""I'd say that fiction can do more to foster understanding than nonfiction in some instances," said Steele. "If you read a novel, you are able to experience a life outside your own, to walk in another's shoes in a sustained, solitary way that leaves room to breathe and think and empathize.""
- At Medium: Fanfiction Made Me a Better Feminist. "For me, the purpose of fic is primarily corrective, and often cathartic — if an episode makes me angry, I rewrite it, or tack on a coda that fixes things. I’ve got literary precedent to back me up in this — William Thackeray was so pissed off by the ending of Ivanhoe that he wrote a new ending where Ivanhoe ended up with the right girl."
- At PW: Little, Brown Turns Community Site into New Imprint. "Launched in 2013, Novl is a community website that was set up to be a central location for the social media activities of authors at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The website has been a success, and now the publisher is turning Novl into a digital imprint that will release short-form, low-priced content on a monthly basis."
- At the AV Club: One year later, Ms. Marvel’s influence is felt far beyond the comics page. "That’s the other thing about how Wilson handles religion in this book: It can be problematic when it gets in the way of Kamala’s vigilante lifestyle, but it can also be immensely helpful, offering her guidance and inspiration when she’s unsure of herself. Kamala’s meeting with Sheikh Abdullah in issue #6 is a sterling example of the latter; she expects to be berated for disobeying her parents, but the conversation moves in a much different, more empowering direction. “If you insist on pursuing this thing you will not tell me about,” Sheikh Abdullah says, “do it with the qualities befitting an upright young woman: Courage, strength, honesty, compassion, and self-respect.” It’s a message that directly challenges the restrictive, oppressive image of Islam that is depicted in the media, emphasizing how Kamala’s religion has a positive impact on her life." (Related: Guardian article)
- Two booklists at Paste: 10 Great Comics for Adolescent Girls: Ongoings and Miniseries, and 10 Great Comics for Adolescent Girls: Graphic Novels and Collections. I wish the headlines were more along the lines of 10 Great Comics STARRING Adolescent Girls—because as-is, they suggest that girls should read about girls and boys should read about boys and never the twain shall meet, let alone those who don't identify with either label—but there's a lot of fun stuff on the lists, so.
- At the Mary Sue: Marvel Announces New All-Female Avengers Team! "And Marvel’s announcement was as awesome as promised— they are starting a new all-female Avengers book! Coming in May to coincide with their Secret Wars event, the A-Force will include She-Hulk, Dazzler (!), and Runaways’ Nico Minoru (!!!!!!!), written by G. Willow Wilson and Angela: Asgard’s Assassin‘s Marguerite K. Bennett, with art by New Thor‘s Jorge Molina."
- At EW: David Tennant cast as Marvel villain in Netflix series. "Another Time Lord is coming to the Marvel universe. The studio has cast David Tennant as the major villain in its upcoming Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The Doctor Who and Gracepoint star will play Zebediah Killgrave (also known as The Purple Man)." I LOVE THIS SERIES, and MAN OH MAN, the Purple Man is BAD BAD BAD. Tennant fans may not know what hit them. I need to re-read these books, STAT.